LO: To know how Athelstan became the first king of England.
Alfred the Great had a grandson called Athelstan and he played a big part in the history of England.
In AD924, he became the King of Wessex.
Athelstan began moving up through England from the South, pushing the Vikings north out of Danelaw towards Scotland.
He conquered Jorvik and continued towards Scotland.
The King of Scotland (Constantine) was unhappy that Athelstan was trying to take over and he worked with the Scots, Welsh, Irish and Vikings to defeat Athelstan.
The King of Scotland’s new army was defeated in the Battle of Brunanburh.
Athelstan secured the northern borders and took control over England.
He then became the first King of England.
Task: Use the information provided below to create a biography about Athelstan.
Make sure you answer the following questions in your opening paragraph:
When was he born? When did he become King of Wessex?
When did he become King of England? When did he die?
Then use the following subheadings:
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